The Board of Education briefly reviewed the achievement gap reduction data supplied by Sauk Trail principal Chris Dahlk at its regular meeting on Monday, March 30.
Board president Bob Green presided over the meeting at the District Services Center, while other Board members participated remotely. Virtual meetings will continue going forward until the Safer-at-Home order issued by Governor Evers last week is lifted.
The report noted that first-graders saw a 10 percent or more jump in those who are proficient or advanced in reading and mathematics and a 15 percent or more jump for those who are proficient or advanced in second grade. There were also gains in some sub-groups in kindergarten through third grade.
The school is required to report to the School Board multiple times every school year as part of the requirements for receiving funding from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
In other items from Monday's meeting:
* Bob Green asked School Board members to let Cheryl Janssen know if they plan to participate in the graduation ceremony at the Alliant Energy Center on May 31 so she can get gowns.
* The Board briefly reviewed its equity statement and approved the first reading. There were questions about adding language to include English Language Learners and District officials will reach out to Director of Bilingual Services Mandi Sersch-Morstad to get her thoughts before bringing it back to the Board for a second reading and further review. There was also a slight change to some of the language.
Policy Committee members Annette Ashley, Paul Kinne and Todd Smith had drafted an equity statement earlier in the year on behalf of the Board and initially shared it for review in February.
* The Board approved the first reading for the use of technology to hold virtual School Board meetings due to emergency needs. Superintendent Dana Monogue noted the policy was provided by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards and that most Dane County districts either already have a policy in place or are adding one this month.
* The Board approved a preliminary notice non-renewal due to budget and staffing reasons. Administration noted it was not due to performance issues. Board members did raise some concerns. It was noted some world language courses, such as German at MHS, have some of the largest class sizes. Another member was concerned enrollment might be down in some world languages because with schools closed fifth-graders weren't able to take one world language this year.
* The Board approved payments to Godfrey & Kahn.